You’re fired! What next?

Losing your job is not the end of the world. Yes, you have bills to pay and mouths to feed. But, the first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath and relax.

  1. Don't blame yourself
You did not get laid off because you’re not good enough.

It just happened that an irresponsible employer decided to dump you because they’re plain selfish. Resist the temptation to go on a guilt-trip. “If only I had done this…” or “If I didn’t do that”. Lay-offs happen for many reasons. Very rarely, is it to do with the employee per se. Stop beating yourself up.

2. Take a vacation

Creativity and stress don’t go hand in hand.

So, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to make you happy. If you cant afford an expensive holiday, shoot for something you can — even a day alone at Starbucks with a hot cup of coffee. Or a day at the beach.

Life is a beautiful gift waiting to be enjoyed.

3. Talk to a friend

Find a friend and tell them what you’ve gone through. It is not as fun as telling your friend that you’ve been promoted. But, it sure helps.

Talking to someone who understands helps build your self-esteem.

4. Take stock of your strengths

Almost always people underestimate what they know or what they have. One of my colleagues was a chess champion. For some strange reason he never mentioned it until we had a team session where everyone had to come up with something other than “work” that we were good at.

What are you good at?

Are you good at clicking great pictures, cooking, IT, technical writing…it can be anything under the sun. Make a list of things that you are good at.

5. Find ways to monetize your strengths

For instance, if you’re a good photographer, you could volunteer to photograph a few events. Once you build a client base, charge them a minimum fee and grow your business. If you’re good at social media, try to approach business accounts and ask them for a freelance gig. If you’re good at your a particular technical skill, start an online training. If you’re a great cook, you could do private dinners or catering.

Just don’t limit yourself or get disappointed when you fail. You just have to keep trying something else, when you fail at one venture.

When you’re learning to cycle as a child, you do fall down a couple of times before you start riding it, so it is OK to fail. Don’t feel embarrassed about it.

6. Apply for jobs with a lose hand

Make your online applications. However, don’t be disappointed that you’re not getting responses or calls. The challenge is, we’ve got a million people looking for jobs and just ten thousand jobs. So, its not the consultant’s fault or the HR’s fault or the company’s fault. There’s only so many positions available. Which is why, monetizing your own skills yourself is highly recommended.

Working for yourself is one of the coolest things you can do. And if you’re smart, you could employ a few others too.

7. Learn a new skill

Do some research to find the areas in which there is a skill shortage in your country or region. For instance, though a lot of jobs are redundant, there are many new jobs available in many sectors. Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Project Management, Machine Learning, IoT and so on.

Once you get trained in your new skill, it should be comparatively easy to find a job since there is a skill shortage in those areas.

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